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Paperback French Literature

By (author) Edouard Leve, Translated by Jan Steyn

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  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 14mm | 160g
  • Publication date: 6 July 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Normal, IL
  • ISBN 10: 1564789039
  • ISBN 13: 9781564789037
  • Sales rank: 114,036

Product description

"A book describes works conceived of but not realized by its author." Like Suicide and Autoportrait, Works is another of Eduoard Leve's bewitching reconceptions of what the novel can (or should) do. A list of 533 projects, beginning with its own description -- both likely and unlikely, sober and ridiculous; some of which Leve later realized, most of which he did not -- Works ranks with the fiction of Georges Perec for its seemingly limitless, ingenious, and comical inventiveness. A lampoon of conceptual art -- if not, indeed, an exemplar of its charms at their best -- Works is another piece in the puzzle of Leve's brief and fascinating life.

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Author information

Edouard Leve was born on January 1, 1965 in Neuilly-sur-Seine. A writer, photographer, and visual artist, Leve was the author of four books of writing -- Works, Journal, Autoportrait, and Suicide -- and three books of photographs. Suicide, published in 2008, was his final book.

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[A] mixture of thoughtfulness and self-regard, honest interrogation and mere posing... the kind of writing that got us reading in the first place. -- Zadie Smith This is fiction, but it is fiction of a sort that raises some very serious questions about the possibility of cordoning off actual realities from imagined ones... Dizzying and disturbing in a way that is quite unlike anything else I have ever read..." The Millions